Classes

Community Gardens Development

Training Series

Community Gardens Development Training (CGDT) provides community residents with technical assistance, leadership training, horticulture education and start-up materials. This training ultimately helps to carry out the mission of the Civic Garden Center, extending the impact to a broad number of people in Cincinnati. This class is also a great resource for folks interested in becoming involved in an existing community garden or vegetable gardening at home. These classes are free of charge! Many classes are hands-on workshops. CGDT is sponsored in part by the Meshewa Farm Foundation.  For information on 2019 CGDT classes contact gpotter@civicgardencenter.org.  Click here to complete an application for the series..

HUB Garden Classes*

These classes are held in one of our HUB Community Gardens and are designed to help you get the most from your garden and the seasonal produce it yields. They are free and open to anyone interested. Please join us in one or all of the gardens! Keep checking back for Environmental Education Workshops coming to these gardens later this summer.  Dates, places and times are listed below. 

Hub Garden classes are sponsored in part through a generous grant from the Duke Energy Foundation.

September

Rain Barrel Workshop

Monday, September 9th  6-7:30pm  Sorry – Class is full
Instructor: Kate Cook, Master Rain Gardener
Cost:

  1. Cost Option 1:  $65 (includes 1 barrel)
  2. Cost Option 2:  $80 (attendee can bring 1 person with them, includes 1 barrel)

Location: Rhinegeist Brewery (1910 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202)

Interested in rainwater harvesting? Join the Civic Garden Center for our next collaborative Rain Barrel Workshop at Rhinegeist! Using 55-gallon, heavy duty, recycled food grade drums donated by Rhinegeist, participants will learn how to make their own rain barrel to take home with them, all supplies provided. These barrels are approximately 24 inches wide and 36 inches tall, so participants should make sure to bring a vehicle that can transport the barrel home. Pre-registration is required. $65 for both the class & barrel (& supplies). Space is limited, register early!

HUB Garden Cooking Class*

OTR People’s Garden – 49 E McMicken, Cincinnati, OH  45202
Wednesday, September 11th 4:30 – 5:30pm
Instructor:  Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD from Sound Bites Nutrition
Cost:  Free, registration not required.

Healthy nutritious cooking from what is harvestable right now!  Tasty samples provided.

HUB Garden Gardening Class*

West End Community Garden – 941 Poplar St, Cincinnati, OH  45214
Saturday, September 14th  10:30 – 11:30am 
Instructor:  April Ann Pandora, Owner and Grower at Eden Urban Gardens, LLC
Cost:  Free, registration not required

Seed collecting and fall planting.

HUB Garden Gardening Class*

OTR People’s Garden – 49 E McMicken, Cincinnati, OH  45202
Wednesday, September 24th 4:30 – 5:30pm
Instructor: April Ann Pandora, Owner and Grower at Eden Urban Gardens, LLC
Cost:  Free, registration not required

Seed collecting and fall planting.

HUB Garden Cooking Class*

West End Community Garden – 941 Poplar St, Cincinnati, OH  45214
Wednesday, September 25th 11:30am – 12:30pm
Instructor:  Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD from Sound Bites Nutrition
Cost:  Free, registration not required.

Healthy nutritious cooking from what is harvestable right now!  Tasty samples provided.

Amberley Green Community Garden – 7801 Ridge Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45237
Wednesday,September 25th 6:00 – 7:00pm
Instructor:  Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD from Sound Bites Nutrition
Cost:  Free, registration not required.

Healthy nutritious cooking from what is harvestable right now!  Tasty samples provided.

October

Hike on the Grounds

Tuesday, October 1, 6-7:30pm
Instructor: Greg Torres, CGC Horticulturist
Cost: $15 (free for volunteers)

Want to learn more about the history of “Sooty Acres,” and the flora and fauna that continue to thrive here? Join CGC horticulturist, Greg Torres, on an educational hike through the Hauck Botanic Gardens.  To register, click here.

Proper Pruning

Tuesday, October 15th, 6-8pm
Instructor: Dave Gressley, Director of Horticulture, Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)

Proper pruning of trees; young and older along with shrubs and fruiting trees.  Planning with proper siting of plants to avoid unnecessary pruning due to lack of space or dieback will also be presented.  To register, click here.

Coffee and Climate Change

Saturday, October 26th, 10am-12pm
Instructor: Braydon Booher, Educator for Deeper Roots Coffee
Cost: $30
This class covers how coffee grows, what makes great coffee, what its main issues are in the field are, and how climate change can potentially affect it. There is a lot of doomsday talk when it comes to coffee and climate change and this class is meant to dissect that information and prepare for the future of coffee. It’s not going anywhere.  This class is being held at Deeper Roots, 2018 Colerain, 45214.  To register, click here.

Treeforestation: Invasive Plants & Native Replacements

Tuesday, October 29th, 6-7:30pm
Instructor: Greg Torres, CGC Horticulturist
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
We kicked off a new project at the CGC last year: Treeforestation. Many of Cincinnati’s green spaces are overrun with invasive plants. As more and more ash trees come down, thinning our tree canopy, there is increasingly more room for invasive species (Japanese honeysuckle, Japanese knotweed, Garlic Mustard) to expand and exclude our native plants and animals. We started this reforestation project to save and protect Cincinnati’s green spaces. We’ve been having monthly workdays at the Walnut Woods site that we’re focusing on first, clearing it of invasive plants, paving a trail through it, and planting native plants. Want to learn more about this project, and the importance of preserving our native ecosystems? Join CGC horticulturist, Greg Torres, for this class all about invasive removal and native replacements.  To register, click here.

November

Tinctures

Saturday, November 9th, 10am-12pm
Instructor: Carisa Hund-Bunten
Cost: $20
In this hands on tincture workshop participants will hone their nature harnessing skills while making and taking their own tincture. Learn about what defines a true tincture as well as the differences between an essence, extract, infusion, and glyceride. The approach of the instruction is based on folk methods and casual empowerment. After this D.I.Y. you will know how to stock an herbal apothecary of your very own. To register, click here.

Plant Adaptations

Tuesday, November 19th, 6-7:30pm
Instructor: Greg Torres, CGC Horticulturist
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)

The intention of this presentation is to introduce several broad concepts about plants so that the audience can understand the deep historical connections between plants and animals. Topics including species biogeography, pollination syndromes and seed dispersal syndromes as well as evolutionary anachronisms in our local forests are sure to leave the listener thinking in a different way about our native ecology.  To register, click here.

Holiday Cards

Saturday, December 14th, 10am-12pm
Instructor: Carisa Hund-Bunten
Cost: $20
Are you an avid seed saver AND recycler?  Yes? So come get your senses flowing  using upcycled paper, dried botanicals and saved seeds (contributions welcome)  to this messy arts and crafts session. Take home your very own rich, textured paper.  Are frames, deckles, slurry and cooching  terms you’re familiar with?  If not, they will be at the end of this D.I.Y. Use your handmade paper in the Spring as seeds mats, to make cards, wrapping paper- the possibilities are endless! To register, click here.